Every year, on the first weekend of October, the community of Gonzales comes together for the annual Come and Take It Celebration, commemorating the first shot of Texas Independence, which happened October 2, 1835.
The three day long celebration will take place Sept. 30 through Oct. 2, 2022. The celebration will be filled with people, music, food, arts, crafts, a carnival, and various other activities, taking place in the downtown area, in or near the Independence, Texas Heroes and Courthouse Square.
In order to have a successful event for the community it requires the cooperation from the citizens, business owners, and city leaders, as well as the Come and Take It Planning Committee. To make this easier for everyone the committee has prepared a schedule of events, which includes the various portions of specific squares and streets involved and that will be closed for events. The city looks forward to everyone helping make this celebration the best event in South Central Texas.
• Saturday, 8 a.m., Sept. 24, tent set up will occur on the East and West sides of Independence Square.
All vehicles will need to be removed from the parking spots on these areas no later than 7:30 a.m. to avoid being towed. Bathroom trailers will be set up at this time at the Southwest entrance. No admittance will be made to the square from this entrance (Southwest).
• Sunday, 1:30 p.m., Sept. 25, food booths will be set-up at the East tent on Independence Square. All vehicles will need to be removed from under or behind this east side tent.
• Monday, 9 a.m., Sept. 26, carnival set up in Texas Heroes Square closes. All vehicles will need to be removed from the parking spots in Heroes Square by 5 a.m. Monday, Sept. 26.
• Thursday, 5 p.m., Sept. 29, Independence Square closes, all vehicles need to be removed from Independence square at this time.
• Thursday, 5:30 p.m., Sept. 29, stage set up on Northwest side of Independence Square.
• Friday, 10 a.m., Sept. 30, through Sunday, 6 p.m., Oct. 2, street closures for the event will occur:
– St. George – between St. James and St. Peter
– St. Joseph – between St. Louis and St. Francis
– St. Lawrence – between St. James and St. Paul
– St. James – between St. Louis and St. Lawrence
– St. Paul – between St. Louis and St. Francis
All vehicles on these streets must be removed by 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30.